Helbing Collection A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Each week for 26 weeks, I will highlight an item or items from our Helbing Collection of Native American Arts and Crafts.
This week I am highlighting one of my personal favorites. It is the delicate reindeer hand carved from ivory.
It was one of Cleora’s favorite pieces too. In her notes she wrote, “This two inch long and one and one-half inch high reindeer is carved out of one solid piece of white ivory, including the tiny and intricately carved antlers. This figures is set on an ebony wood block. It is the most valuable piece of ivory in the collection. This was given to me by the first full blood Eskimo girl to graduate from college and to receive a college degree. She teaches home economics in Government Bureau schools and her name is Miss Louise Davis. She is one of the finest teachers I know”